Knotslip is one of those fabled cover acts, if you were to switch off your mind and forget you were watching a cover act you’d be forgiven for thinking they are the real thing, they are that damn good.
I’ve wanted to see Slipknot live for years, every time they were headed to the same town as me I was “too young”, no cash, it was sold out or the dreaded as
I’ve done for the 2016 show, booked tickets to go see my nieces in Australia (they better be head banging to the Knot by the time I get there brother). So when I heard Europe’s best and award winning Slipknot cover band was doing a show just before Halloween at one of my favourite venues (O2 Islington) nothing was going to stop me.
When we arrived there was a mini heart attack moment when we saw the massive line to get in downstairs full of children and… well not metal fans. Quick check online and it turns out some dude called Dappy was doing a show there. Upstairs in the smaller but more intimate bar was our goal. The warm up act was a local London band called Brutal Horizon who were brilliant and whipped the crowd into the perfect frenzy and even took a few trips out to play amongst the fans. I’ve already searched and found them on Spotify for future listening.
After a brief wait the main event came out to “XIX” and proceeded to tear the place apart. From all the DVDs and live concerts I knew what the real band can do and Knotslip has it down to the last little detail, from costumes to playing styles. It was a highly energetic spectacle, I even spotted the smallest wall of death I’ve ever seen. All the classic Slipknot songs were there and played to perfection, from 'Wait and Bleed' to 'The Negative One' and everything in between, only the slower and softer tracks missed out but no one felt cheated, they preformed that well, even down to the “get the f@#k up” in 'Spit it Out'. The members themselves must have spent many hours studying their characters because they were like clones with mannerisms and actions while on stage.
The night ended right after
'Spit it Out' and within minutes the band, still in soaking wet costumes, mixed in to the crowd for a meet and greet and many a selfie. I’ll admit I got a photo with most of the band, that bassist kept alluding me. It was an amazing night with two brilliant bands who gave it their all and put on an awesome show. Brutal Horizon showcased they have the talent and the drive to make it in this business, while Knotslip was the perfect way to whet my appetite for the real thing. I just don’t know when that will happen.
Brutal Horizon: 7/10
Written by Dan.
Photos by Magali.